At least 10,000 Nigerians have died during Christian-Muslim violence during the past decade. The most populous country in Africa, Nigeria is evenly divided between Christians and Muslims.
Eliza Griswold, who has spent the last five years traveling to Nigeria to examine the causes of religious violence, explores the fact the Muslims and Christians in Africa are involved in a numbers game, in her book “The Tenth Parallel”.
The tenth parallel north, the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator, is the defining metaphor of our time, according to Griswold.
An ideological front line stretching across two continents and nineteen countries, this is where Christianity and Islam collide—a profound encounter that shapes the lives of more than a billion people. It’s not just geographic; it’s demographic.
Hear Griswold explain the fundamentals of her views in this Blogging Heads interview withNell Freudenberger.
The Tenth Parallel
Griswold offers thinking people a new context for understanding what’s going on in our world, at a time when big words like poverty, religious conflict or global development are ambiguous, overwhelming concepts.
While CNN focuses on Nigeria — the most visible paradigm of a self-destructive country breeding terrorists like Uman Farouk AbdulMutallab — Griswold directs our attention to the tenth parallel north. She also puts religion front and center as the major influence in this zone.